Jude 12–19 (NKJV)

Jude opened his letter with a discussion of apostates and the need to contend for the faith in the last passage. In this passage, he further describes the depths to which these backsliders and false believers stoop.

12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Jude 12-15

Apostates are called “spots in your love feasts.” They go through the motions of religious activity, but do not have the commensurate relationship with God to back up the religious action in which they participate. Jude uses analogies to describe the emptiness of their existence. They are clouds without water, they do not have the density to withstand the wind that blows, they are trees without fruit, twice as dead and without a foundation or root system. They are like raging waves of the sea that foam up sin to their own shame, stars that wander in the sky and end up in eternal darkness with no light. In other words, these apostates are empty vessels with no water, men who promise much, but deliver little. He then speaks of the prophesy of Enoch, who said that these ungodly men will be judged by the Lord, who will bring ten thousands of His saints with Him. He will convict them all and of all that they have spoken against God.

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Jude 16-19

Jude continues to describe the apostates as grumblers, complainers, and people walking according to their own lusts. They speak with lofty words, flattering those who would be wooed. They take advantage of any situation available to them, making friends for influence and favor. Jude instructs them to remember that Jesus predicted that there would be mockers in the last time, walking accordingly to their own lusts. These sensual people influence some in order to create divisions and disputes within the body of Christ. They do not live according to the Spirit, nor do they even have the Spirit, falsifying their devotion to God and living a lie. Men and woman who deny Christ and His existence, who lead others astray, and who teach a false gospel, are divisive and misleading. They create fissures in the foundation of the church, shaking the very base of true Christian faith and practice. Be sure that you are not duped by the lies of the apostates. Do not fall for their lies and deceit. Do not be swayed by their flattering words. Continue to believe the truth and walk in the ways of God. That is the only way to survive the tricks of the enemy and survive the tricks of the apostates!

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